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The Washington Times: Glimpse of Reality

Jul 01, 2003, 13:00 (46 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas Sowell)

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"According to the Times of London, the city of Munich has replaced Microsoft Windows with a Linux operating system in 14,000 of its computers. This provided a glimpse of economic reality, completely contrary to the premise on which Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson convicted Microsoft of violating the antitrust laws.

"Microsoft's 'control' of the market for computer operating systems was based on calculating that company's share of the sales of operating systems for personal computers that used Intel-type chips. Judge Jackson eliminated all Apple computers, all network systems and PCs that used operating systems such as Linux.

"The more narrowly the market is defined, the easier it is to get high percentages showing one company's 'control' of the market. That has long been a favorite tactic in prosecuting antitrust cases..."

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